Free Stuff on Craigslist

So I’m getting ready to move across the country and I’m trying to get rid of some of my extra stuff. I’m trying to get rid of a car, a Weber gas grill, an old, piece-of-junk dresser, and a REALLY old whitewater kayak. I decided to use craigslist to move all of them. Of course, I’m trying to sell the car and the grill (because they have actual value), but I chose to post the kayak and the dresser in the “free stuff” section of craigslist. I’m a big fan of craigslist, and I know how helpful the site can be for helping people find new places to live. Also, it’s easy to see how enabling the site can be for people who need things, need to get rid of things, or just need attention. And we all know that there are lots of people out there with lots of crap that somebody else might want. (See the now-well-overhyped Kyle MacDonald blog for an example of how people trade stupid crap for other stupid crap.)

But anyway, back to my own little revelation: not only are people willing to buy and trade just about anything, but they’re doing it with surprising speed and in surprising numbers. Immediately after I posted my kayak and dresser online, and before I could even navigate to craigslist to find my posting, I had an email in my inbox from someone who wanted it. That was an hour ago. I now have 45 emails from people who want my dresser and/or kayak. And trust me, neither of these things are very high quality. The dresser is made of particle board and cardboard and the kayak is at least 15 years old (so old that I can only find two references to the model on the internet – one from 1998 and one from 2001).

Anyway, neither is worth more than about 20 dollars, and I was more interested in finding someone who would love the boat to take it off my hands. (The dresser is another matter. Whoever takes it can burn it in some pagan ritual for all I care.) Despite the clear demand for a free kayak, I’m honoring my posting and giving the boat to the first person to respond. She’s extremely enthusiastic (I’ve included the text of her first email below), so I’m hoping she’ll enjoy it.

> >O)MG---I cannot believe someone is really giving this away!!!
> >
> >My daughter and I took Kayak lessons a year ago and have wanted one ever
> >since---OMG--we would be so happy---so grateful to have this---it would
> >lots of use, love & TLC!!
> >
> >I would be infinitely grateful for any consideration---I have a truck and
> >can readily pick up at your availability and convenience!!!
> >
> >
> >.··-.¸.-··. (`'·.¸(`'·.¸ ¸.·'´)¸.·'´)
> >`·. .·´ «´¨`·*NAME CENSORED*·´¨`».,'`.
> >    `·´ (¸.·'´(¸.·'´ `'·.¸)`'·.¸)`·´)'

Still, part of me wishes that I’d asked for some creative trade-in for this boat. I mean, if that MacDonald guy can get a house for his lame paperclip, imagine what I could have gotten for my kayak.


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3 Comments on “Free Stuff on Craigslist”

  1. Heh. Nice. Are you ignoring my lucky lieutenant I have a nice joke. Where does a bird go when it loses its tail? The retail store.

  2. name Says:

    Your Site Is Great!,

  3. mike Says:

    my sweet sweet girlfriend took me out on her Kayaks at Perry Lake / for my first time / very enjoyable / about a week later , those kayaks were stolen out of her yard — just wanted to see if i could find her a Kayak to replace what has been lost

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